The New Lawyers Council

This is the time of year when we invite our members to apply to serve on one of our 150 committees. It’s through the work of our committees that the New York City Bar Association makes its voice heard through reports and statements, and is able to produce hundreds of events per year. For our members, committee service is vital for gaining experience, learning about substantive legal issues, building a resume and developing relationships with colleagues. Read more.

6 PM – 8:45 PM, CLE
Ethical Issues in the Practice of Real Estate: What Every Attorney Must Know When Handling a Transaction

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM, Event
Women in IP Breakfast Series - Underlying Rights in Motion Pictures and Television

12:30 PM – 2 PM, Event

Speak with the Poise, Passion, & Persuasive Power of a Broadway Actor

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

Copyright Fair Use: The Importance of Being Transformative - Has Transformative Use Gone Too Far?

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

The 2014 Milton Handler Lecture: Antitrust in the 21st Century

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM, Event
Teleconference: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Speaks on the Early Warning System and the Sun Capital Decision

6 PM – 7:30 PM, Event
Bar @ the Bar

6 PM – 8 PM, CLE
Hot Topics in Art Law 2014

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

Hanging Your Own Shingle: Building a Successful Solo Practice

8 AM – 2:30 PM, Event
Constructive Perspectives: Are New York's Construction Safety and Insurance Laws Serving the Public?

6 PM – 8 PM, CLE

Writing in the Law with Lebovits

7 PM – 9 PM, Event

Contemplative Practice for Lawyers: Pause...Patience...Practice

9 AM – 12:30 PM, CLE
Social Media Ethics for Attorneys: Strategies for Leveraging Social Media While Avoiding the Pitfalls


On March 6th, the City Bar's Bioethical Issues Committee hosted an event entitled "The Rising Cost of Cancer Drugs & Research: Legal, Bioethical and Medical Considerations." Bioethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan moderated the discussion, which covered such topics as the challenges posed by the drug commercialization process, the Orphan Drug Act and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Panelists (from left to right): Linda A. Malek, Partner, Moses & Singer LLP; Stephen M. Goodman, Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP, Dr. Arthur L. Caplan, Professor and Director of Medical Ethics, NYU Langone Medical Center; Dr. Michael C. Caldwell, former Commissioner of Health, Dutchess County, New York; and David G. Greene, Partner, Locke Lord LLP. Not pictured: Wendy J. Luftig, Chair, Bioethical Issues Committee. 

On March 5th, author Robert Klara spoke about "The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America's Most Famous Residence." C-SPAN was there and is scheduled to air the event this coming weekend. Check for air date and time. From left: Thomas M. Ross, Chair, Books at the Bar Committee; Robert Klara; Hon. Diane Kiesel, former Chair, Books at the Bar.


On March 3rd, City Bar Legislative Affairs Director Maria Cilenti spoke at a "Women in Leadership" event focused on bringing public campaign financing to New York. The City Bar has long supported public campaign financing, believing it will greatly benefit New York's electoral and legislative processes, both in appearance and in practice. For Maria's full statement, click here.

On March 5th, Maria went to Albany to advocate for additional Family Court judges in New York. Read the City Bar's statement here.


Own Risk and Solvency Assessment
In a letter to the New York Department of Financial Services, the Committee on Insurance Law provided comments on the proposed regulation governing enterprise risk management (ERM) and own risk and solvency assessment (ORSA). The letter suggests a number of changes to the proposal, including : 1) clarification that an ORSA Report need only cover a prior period; 2) clarification that an ERM report is required to cover the calendar year ending the December 31 prior to the submission date; 3) that the Department adequately recognize the sensitive and proprietary nature of ORSA information; and 4) that the Proposed Regulation clarify that the “enterprise risk report” requirement under Section 82.2(b), including the attestation requirement set forth in Section 82.2(b)(4), may be satisfied by using Form F as set forth in the model holding company regulations of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.


On June 18th, the City Bar will celebrate the 30th anniversary of diversity efforts at the Association, as well as the 10th anniversary of the Association's Statement of Diversity and Inclusion Principles, and honor the 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Awardees. More information about the dinner, including sponsorship opportunities and individual ticket sales, is available here.


Switching firms or in-house positions? Made partner? Receiving an award? The City Bar wants to help members spread the word. Send your news to; select announcements will appear in the 44th Street eNews or on the website.

New York Times, March 7, 2014
Access to Justice for All (Letter to the Editor)

By Carey R. Dunne
Re “Democrats in Senate Reject Pick by Obama” (news article, March 6):
"The Senate's rejection of Debo P. Adegbile's nomination for assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division due to his involvement in a constitutional challenge on behalf of a man convicted of killing a police officer strikes a blow at the fundamental American principle of access to justice. From John Adams's representation of the Boston Massacre defendants to the present day, we expect and need lawyers to step up to defend even the most despised in our society. The Senate's decision means that any lawyer who may at some point want to serve in a public office should refuse to represent a defendant, no matter how meritorious the case, if that defendant is unpopular. Our Pledge of Allegiance calls for 'justice for all,' but if defendants do not have access to lawyers who can effectively present their defense, that pledge is an empty promise."

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